Agent: Vikings' top pick will be in training camp
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The agent for the Minnesota Vikings' top draft pick said his client will be with the team in next week at training camp in Mankato.
Agent Thomas Barnes said defensive end Kenechi Udeze, the 20th overall selection, is on track to sign a contract next week after talking with the team last week.
``I don't foresee any snags,' said Barnes, who also is Udeze's brother. ``I'm optimistic that we'll get it done before training camp.'
The Vikings have eight draft picks, and they have signed fourth-round pick Mewelde Moore. The Vikings have had preliminary discussions with agents, and they don't anticipate any problems, meaning all rookies could report to training camp on time for a second consecutive year.
Last year's 20th pick, offensive tackle George Foster of the Denver Broncos, signed a five-year deal worth $7.5 million, including a $4.6 million signing bonus and a possible escalator worth up to $2.8 million.
Vikings have one remaining roster spot to fill, which they'll likely address before training camp opens.
Meanwhile, Vikings owner Red McCombs said Monday he expects to keep the team through the 2004 season.
Asked about the possible sale of the team, McCombs said, ``It's basically status quo. (But) if somebody thinks they can get a stadium here, I'll sell it to 'em because it hasn't worked for me.'
Good news to me :D